Thugs fol­low­ing peo­ple from air­port a big worry

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - ILANIT CH­ER­NICK­er­ @Lanc_02

THE Air­ports Com­pany South Africa (Acsa) has voiced con­cern over the spate of se­ri­ous crime in­ci­dents at OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

“We are con­cerned about in­ci­dents of crime in the vicin­ity of the air­port and against peo­ple fol­lowed to their des­ti­na­tions,” spokesper­son Leigh Gunkel-Keuler said yes­ter­day.

“The safety and se­cu­rity of pas­sen­gers and vis­i­tors to this air­port re­mains of paramount im­por­tance to the air­port’s man­age­ment.

“We are there­fore par­tic­u­larly con­cerned by the lat­est oc­cur­rence of two peo­ple who were fol­lowed to their des­ti­na­tion by armed rob­bers who shot and wounded them,” said Gunkel-Keuler.

She said they were of the view that there was “a high level of aware­ness of these mat­ters in the SAPS, which is re­spon­si­ble for pre­vent­ing and in­ves­ti­gat­ing crime in and around the air­port”.

Ka­mal Shivanand, Acsa’s act­ing se­nior man­ager avi­a­tion se­cu­rity ser­vices, said their man­date was to con­trol ac­cess into re­stricted ar­eas and to screen pas­sen­gers, hand lug­gage as well as lug­gage that goes into the hold.

“Our task is to en­sure the safe and se­cure fa­cil­i­ta­tion of pas­sen­gers in the air­port that re­lates to first-level screen­ing of the pas­sen­gers with scan­ning ma­chines, bag­gage screen­ing and de­tec­tion.

“With the air­port be­ing a na­tional key point, all other safety and se­cu­rity mea­sures are the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the SAPS (as man­dated by the Na­tional Key Points Act).

“From a road traf­fic law en­force­ment per­spec­tive, it’s the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Ekurhu­leni metro po­lice de­part­ment,” Shivanand pointed out.

Mean­while, Uber has con­firmed that al­though the driver af­fected in Sun­day’s rob­bery in Morn­ing­side, Sand­ton, was an Uber driver-part­ner, he was not on of­fi­cial duty at the time.

“It was a pri­vate trip ar­ranged be­tween the pas­sen­gers and the driver, and not an Uber trip booked via the Uber app.”

The cou­ple from the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo were wounded in the rob­bery out­side their ho­tel.

The lat­est at­tack comes af­ter a se­ries of rob­beries tar­get­ing mainly busi­ness­peo­ple and tourists.

‘SAPS, metro cops are ac­count­able’

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